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1914. In a hotel room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith dreams of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her decision to return to the Dark Continent—and to her husband. On a faraway English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And in the background of the
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1914. In a hotel room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith dreams of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her decision to return to the Dark Continent—and to her husband. On a faraway English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And in the background of the
world's daily chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German conflict, the likes of which no one has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly evokes the private dramas of a generation upswept by the winds of war. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up arms on behalf of Great Britain. And when Felix's brother marches off to defend British East Africa, he pursues, against his better judgment, a forbidden love affair. As the sons of the world match wits and weapons on a continent thousands of miles from home, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of friends and family. By turns comic and quietly wise, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by violence, chance, and the irrepressible human capacity for love.
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Harper's
Funny, assured, and cleanly, expansively told, a seriocomic romp. Boyd gives us studies of people caught in the side pockets of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, detail and grit.
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Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose in which story and characters flow effortlessly out of a fertile imagination.... The reader emerges deeply moved.
Michiko Kakutani
Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise of [his] first novel….He is capable not only of some very funny satire but also of seriousness and compassion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380715671
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

William Boyd’s first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Chase

    He walks into his house and sits on the bed, waiting for aubrey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Aubrey

    Gtg bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    FREE ALL U CAN EAT ICE CREAM

    Gtg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Adeline

    So wyd?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Victoria

    ok. lets go to camp.

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    Posted December 15, 2012

    Jane

    Goes to camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    A great read

    I couldn't put it down. It harks back to a very English lifestyle from the 1930's and 40's both in the heart of Kent and in the colonies which is pulled apart by the effects of war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Boyd at His Best

    An Ice Cream War takes the reader to WW I colonial East Africa. Boyds characters are very human and suffer the consequences of a war started a continent away.

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